To draw Babe Ruth, we should first sketch out some basic construction lines. Use a 2H or harder pencil and sketch very lightly so that the lines are easy to erase later on after we ink. Sketch out a stick figure shape such as this, with the arms bent up to the chest, since he will be holding on to some baseball bats.
Next, it's a good idea to expand upon our guide lines by sketching the basic human form. Doing so will help ensure that the figure is proportionate when we apply clothing later on. Sketch the basic shape of the head, neck, torso, and arms. Be sure to draw crisscross construction lines for the center of the face, the eyes, nose, and mouth. He has a very stocky build and a short neck, so keep that in mind. His head should be tilted ever so slightly.
Now that our construction lines are in place, let's start with his eyes. Make sure that they align evenly on the horizontal construction eye line of the face. The rule of thumb is that eyes are roughly one eye width apart from one another. Be sure that the iris and pupils point in the exact same direction as each other. Draw numerous wrinkles and creases around and beneath each eye. Draw the eyebrows fairly thin and furrowed somewhat.
Use your vertical construction line to help place the nose. The end of it should be half way between the eyes and the chin. Ruth has a very wide nose with round tip. Also draw the vertical creases that start in the corners of his nostrils and fall down either side of the mouth.
The mouth should be half way between the nose and chin, but make sure it vertically aligns with the nose. He does not need to be smiling, since he looks more focused if he's not. The mouth should be fairly wide with a sharp V point in the middle of the upper lip. He has thin lips, but be sure to draw the indentation above the upper lip as well as some creases around the mouth and above the chin.
Now draw the contours of his face and jaw. He has a wide face, and since he's slightly overweight, it should look smooth and rounded, especially along the jaw line. Also draw a few horizontal wrinkles on the forehead.
We should not be able to see his right ear at this angle, but draw his left ear which is slightly large. The tip of the ear should fall above the eyebrows, and the earlobe should align with the bottom of the nose. Be sure to draw plenty of curved creases inside the ear.
No baseball player is complete without his baseball hat. Draw the hat kind of crooked with the bill pointing upwards. Caps back then were made of loose fabric, so draw some creases in the body of the hat. Also draw the NY logo on the front of the hat for the New York Yankees.
We should be able to see a little bit of short hair on either side of his head, but not much. The hair on his right side should be a little messy.
Ruth has a very short, thick neck. Draw a few curved creases in the skin of the neck. The bottom of the neck can be cut of by the V shaped collar of his jersey.
Now draw his shoulders and short sleeves on his jersey. He has wide shoulders. The sleeves end above the elbow and have numerous vertical creases near the armpits. Draw the sleeves very lightly because we will need to erase some of these lines after we draw more of the arms.
Draw his forearms bent towards his chest. At this time, we will need to erase some of the upper sleeves. The forearms should have a long, fitted shirt that emerges from beneath the short sleeved jersey. Also draw a bandage wrapped around his left wrist.
Before drawing the hands, it's better to draw the bats so that we know exactly how the hands should be gripping them. If you only want to draw one bat, that's fine. But it makes things interesting by having him holding 3 bats as he warms up in the batter's box. Be sure that the bats are fatter on the tips than they are on the handles. Also draw circular knobs at the base of the handles, as well as some wood-grain texture running up the bats.
Now we can draw the hands. His left hand should be above the right. His fingers should be wrapped around all 3 bats. We should be able to see the tip of his right thumb behind the bat handles. Be sure to draw knuckle wrinkles and fingernails on the fingers.
Draw the torso of the jersey. He should have a rather wide waist. Draw a few creases and indents in the fabric, mainly around the waist. Also draw a few buttons up the middle of the shirt.
As one final step to the penciling process, draw the vertical lines of the uniform's pattern. The lines should be very thing and evenly spaced apart. Be sure that they mold to the contours of the folds and wrinkles of the fabric. We should also be able to see a small portion of the NY logo on the left side of his chest. His forearm sleeve do not have patterns.
We're now done penciling the image and we can move on to inks. Use either Micron markers, or a brush and India ink to do your inking. It's best to use Microns when inking the pattern on the uniform. Use a ruler to help ink the baseball bats. Carefully go over each line with patience and be sure not to ink any guide lines. When the ink has totally dried, erase your pencil marks with a kneaded eraser.
You can add a greater sense of depth to the image by giving it a little bit of shadow. Use either a thick felt tip marker, or a brush and ink to do your shading. Shade the area beneath the bill of the hat, as well as around the eyes, under the nose, under the fingers, under the bats, and along some of creases in the fabric. Don't go too heavy with shading since baseball games back then were usually held during well lit days, and his uniform is predominantly white anyways.
And you're done! If you need to make any corrections you can use white ink or opaque white paint. You can also add highlights if needed. And that's how you draw the Great Bambino, Babe Ruth! Well done!
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